Literature Flashcards

Literature has attracted some of the greatest artists in the history of humanity, the ones that have given us works still being played on the greatest scenes and book that are still being read by millions all over the world. Literature is something worthy of its own flashcards and, as always, we tried to put together the best questions regarding this topic. Check out just a couple of them by analyzing our samples:

Literature consists of written productions, often restricted to those deemed to have what? Its Latin root was used to refer to all written accounts, but intertwined with the roman concept of what? Poetry is a form of literary art which uses aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of language to evoke what? Find out everything about literature in our complete flashcards.

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Literature Flashcards


  • Side A: Man vs. Man
    Side B: Argument or disagreement between two people or characters in a story

  • Side A: Man vs. Self
    Side B: A problem that is pertaining to you and only you can solve it.

  • Side A: Man vs. God/Supernatural
    Side B: When you feel helpless, almost as if you are fighting fate.

  • Side A: What is the main difference between Puritans and Pilgrims?
    Side B: Pilgrims wanted to separate from the Church of England, while Puritans wanted to reform or “purify” the church from within.

  • Side A: What was The Great Awakening and what was its purpose?
    Side B: The Great Awakening was a religious revival that attempted to revive the traditional Puritan beliefs that were slowly dying in the early 18th century.

  • Side A: Explain how apostrophe is used in this line: “Make me, O Lord, Thy spinning wheel complete.”
    Side B: Apostrophe is when a writer addresses someone directly who is not there or a personified object. In this case, Taylor is specifically talking to the Lord who is not physically in the room with him.

  • Side A: Allegory
    Side B: Every part of story representative, usually symbolic, of something -generally larger abstract concept or important event

  • Side A: Alliteration
    Side B: The repetition of consonant sounds within close proximity, usually in consecutive words within same sentence or line.

  • Side A: Antagonist
    Side B: Counterpart to the main character and source of conflict. May not be "bad" or "evil" but opposes protagonist.

  • Side A: Allegory
    Side B: A symbolic narrative in which the surface details imply a secondary meaning. Allegory often takes the form of a story in which the characters represent moral qualities. The most famous example in English is John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, in which the name of the central character, Pilgrim, epitomizes the book's allegorical nature. Kay Boyle's story "Astronomer's Wife" and Christina Rossetti's poem "Up-Hill" both contain allegorical elements.

  • Side A: Alliteration
    Side B: The repetition of consonant sounds, especially at the beginning of words. Example: "Fetched fresh, as I suppose, off some sweet wood." Hopkins, "In the Valley of the Elwy."

  • Side A: Anapest
    Side B: Two unaccented syllables followed by an accented one, as in com-pre-HEND or in-ter-VENE. An anapestic meter rises to the accented beat as in Byron's lines from "The Destruction of Sennacherib": "And the sheen of their spears was like stars on the sea, / When the blue wave rolls nightly on deep Galilee."

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